Grant Opportunities

Twelve percent of annual Open Space tax revenue is set aside for merit-based, competitive grants, which support projects throughout the County such as:

  • Land acquisition for open space, parks, and trails
  • New construction or renovation of trails, trailheads, and parks
  • Environmental or cultural education/interpretation projects
  • Planning for open space, parks, and trails
  • Other eligible projects as approved by the County

Entities which are eligible to receive grant funding include incorporated municipalities, recreation districts, and special districts that provide outdoor recreational services or amenities within Arapahoe County. Grant projects must be open to the public or serve a public purpose.

View a list of 2020 grant recipients

2021 Grant Opportunities

Arapahoe County Open Spaces has allocated $4 million for the 2021 grant cycle, to be awarded in three categories:

  • $3,000,000 for Standard Grants ($100,001 to $500,000, 25% total project cost minimum cash match)
  • Up to $500,000 for Small Grants ($1,000 to $100,000, 10% total project cost minimum cash match)
  • Up to $500,000 for Planning Grants ($1,000 to $100,000, 10% total project cost minimum cash match)

Each agency may submit up to three applications for the 2021 grant cycle, to include no more than two Standard Grant applications.

Application materials will be available on January 15, 2021. Applications will be due on April 16, 2021 and must be submitted electronically through the Arapahoe County Open Spaces Online Grant Portal.

Grant awards will be announced by August 10, 2021.

For more information about grant opportunities or eligibility, contact Sandra Bottoms at sbottoms@arapahoegov.com.

Joint Projects

In addition to the annual grants program, Arapahoe County Open Spaces considers joint project proposals on an ongoing basis. Joint project proposals are accepted by invitation only and typically support high priority, regionally significant projects. Joint project funds cannot be used for active recreation amenities (e.g., sports fields, playgrounds).

View the Joint Projects Proposal application guide for more info.